It’s silly season and given I am on a heavy music starvation diet due to being at home for a week with my Coldplay-loving wife, let’s saddle up for something different. Behold, my top 10 old school jungle classics!
Some had the Bay Area 80s thrash movement to call their own, others had the sordid London birth of punk or the second Summer of Love in fields and warehouses up and down the UK in 1988.
I had jungle. As teenagers in Birmingham in the early to mid 90s, we were at the epicentre (along with Bristol and London of course) of this thrillingly dark and underground scene.There was a beautiful two years before the music started to take itself too seriously and was still rooted in ragga and classic hip-hop. It was raw, it was wild and unhinged fun and best of all was that bass.
The bassweight pressure in front of those speakers was so heavy, so intense, it felt like an entity in the room with us. We used to ride it like a bucking stallion.
Anyway, enough waxing nostalgic. Here are 10 of the best tunes (that I can remember) from those fucked up, unforgettable days.
Congo Natty – Under Mi Sensi
Tribe of Issachar – Junglist
Urban Shakedown – Arsonist
Prizna – Fire (Urban Shakedown remix)
Q Project – Champion Sound
Origin Unknown – Valley of the Shadows
DJ Hype – 6 Million Ways to Die
Dead Dred – Dread Bass
Krome & Time – Ganja Man
Super Sharp Shooter – Ganja Kru
Asylum – Bass 2 Dark (Micky Finn dubplate)
hey hey hey
Just adding to this five years later…
Remarc – Drum & Bass Wise
Marvellous Cain- CB4
Conquering Lion – Code Red (94 remix)
It doesn’t get old (pace & bass!)